Repost: Mighty Little Chia Seeds

The chia seed comes from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica, grown in southern mexico and it has been consumed in that region since about 3500 BC. They were a main component of the aztec diet and consumed by the Maya as well. Chia seeds are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, fiber, omega-3’s and essential nutrients. One…

Mighty Little Chia Seeds

I recently watched the documentary, “Forks over Knives” and it has me reeling. The research they present showing the ill effects of ALL animal protein is staggering, saddening and alarming. It made me start to re-evaluate the way we eat. It also had me making my way to the library for some vegan cookbooks. I…

Homemade Healthy Banana Chocolate “Ice Cream”

Charlotte and I are a good team in the kitchen. She chops, whisks, stirs and blends. And she is a pretty patient toddler overall. I told her I needed her help making banana ice cream, and she was happy to comply. (Big surprise right?) I was floored by how creamy and delicious this turned out….

Homemade Vegetable Stock

The kitchen is such a place of refuge for me and more often than I can remember lately, we have been making soup. The vast majority of recipes I’m pinning or bookmarking or marking in my cookbooks are soups. Blame it on the gloomy end of winter here in central Texas. And what’s the main…

Cheat Refrigerator Pickle Chips (Paleo and Vegan)

These are another easy snack my whole family likes. Charlotte eats them with lunch on many days. They really are just small cucumbers with salt and lemon juice but they get transformed and make your basic small cucumber much more appealing to snack on. We use the “Persian cucumbers” from Trader Joes. I’ve seen them…

Pomegranate Pear Guacamole

  This recipe has been used as a base for almost any add-in but the original is perfect for fall and winter. Delicious Mexican food is good any season! The guacamole is just spicy enough and full of wonderful surprising flavors. We don’t alter this at all from the original Epicurious recipe so I will…

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I obviously have apples on the brain at this point in the season. I’ve done almost everything you can with them. Made raw cinnamon applesauce, spiced apple cider, and now apple cinnamon oatmeal. I guess we still have apple pie or strudel or crisp left.. Mmmmm. Speaking of apple cinnamon oatmeal, did anyone else absolutely…

Make Your Own Healthier Mexican Mocha (Or Warm Spiced Mocha)

Mmmmmm. Does the phrase Mexican Mocha mean anything to you? The basics are usually cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne added to a rich mocha base, a little chocolatey spice for your morning. Coffee shops in Texas almost all have some version of this. California was a little hit or miss. I realized how easy it’s been…